A revitalised Marcelinho and talisman Roy Krishna inspired ATK Mohun Bagan to a thrilling comeback victory as they edged Kerala Blasters 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at the Fatorda Stadium in the Indian Super League on Sunday.
Kerala led through goals from Gary Hooper (14’) and Costa Nhamoinesu (51’) before a goal from Marcelinho (59’) and a brace from Krishna (65, 87’) helped Bagan complete a thrilling comeback.
Marcelinho, having joined Bagan on loan from Odisha, was struggling for game time at his former club. But on Sunday he looked a man transformed, adding spark to the Mariners’ struggling attack, thriving in a free role up front.
The first half belonged to Kerala, who not only dominated possession but also created multiple chances.
Kerala continued to make inroads and broke the deadlock thanks to a thunderous strike from Murray.
It did not take long for Kerala to add another goal as they scored from a corner. Sahal delivered a teasing cross into the box that was flicked over by Rahul KP. After some melee in the box, Costa poked the ball home from close range.
Despite trailing by two goals, it was Marcelinho who revived Bagan’s hopes of a comeback with a well-taken strike.
Manvir Singh lobbed the ball over the Kerala defense and found Marcelinho, who kept his cool and found the net with a delightful chip.
The Mariners crawled their way back into the game six minutes later, with Krishna scoring a penalty after Jessel Carneiro was deemed guilty of handling the ball.
The equalizer spurred Antonio Habas’ side as they went all out. And a costly mistake from Kerala’s defense helped Bagan grab all three points late on.
The Fijian beat two defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner, helping Bagan record one of their memorable wins of the season.